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Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 20th May 2021

About me

Welcome to the Listening Room Counselling Service.

Hi, my name is Michelle and I offer an alternative way of working out doors with my herd of therapy ponies.

Equine Assisted Counselling (EAC) and Psychotherapy  is based on experiential work that uses equines to increase clients awareness of their thoughts, feelings, words and actions. EAC addresses a variety of mental health needs. I work in a very individual way with both adults and young people, horse are used in the counselling sessions because the animals are much more effective a confronting behaviours and attitudes than people are, partly because of their honesty but also because of their ability to observe and respond to non verbal communication.

These sessions are set . Whatever your dilemma, maybe you have suffered a trauma or bereavement and are finding it difficult to cope, maybe you’re suffering with anxiety, depression, self-harm and are dependent on alcohol or drugs.

When we are listened to with empathy, valued and accepted we tend to form a trusting relationship where we are more able to talk about our worries because we do not feel judged.

I believe that by gaining a new insight and understanding of yourself, your relationships, your life and your difficulties. You develop a greater sense of awareness of your behaviour and thinking. With the help of a counsellor you are more likely to see alternative ways of thinking and behaving and explore problems more fully so that you are more able to make decisions and act for yourself enabling you to make positive and lasting changes in your life.

EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Approach) is a model that is suitable for all ages working in groups or as an individuals. Sessions incorporate horses experientially in therapeutic sessions and EAL (Equine Assisted Learning) sessions. This therapy is very effective and offers an alternative to room based therapy. For further information please get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision.

Foundation degree in counselling (Edge Hill University).

Bereavement care foundation course Level 2.

Bereavement care foundation course for children and young people.

Advanced Diploma Certificate in cognitive behavioural interventions (Staffordshire Uni).

Advanced Diploma Certificate in applications of cognitive behavioural interventions (Staffordshire Uni).

Child Protections Training for Schools Designated leads.

Anger Management Training for Children and Young People.

Working with Self-Harm in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Trained in Person-centred counselling, and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). For more information on these therapies please go to our web-site.

Experience in the voluntary and private sectors, in school environments both primary and secondary. For more information please visit: www.listeningroomcounsellingservice.com.

Set in beautiful North Shropshire countryside we facilitate the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. No riding or experience of horsemanship is needed.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

EAGALA model fits well with young people who may suffer anxiety, depression, confidence, self worth, relationship difficulties, family problems, trauma, PTSD, autism, and bereavement. For those who find being face to face difficult it offers a more relaxed approach.

Bereavement counselling young people.

Self harm, young people.

Anger Management for young people. CBT,

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Equine therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


£40.00 per session

Additional information

You will normally attend one counselling session per week on a day and time that is convenient to you. These sessions will normally last up to an hour and reviews will take place every six weeks. At each review, we will discuss progress and evaluate and identify the need for further counselling. If you cannot attend arranged sessions, we would ask that you leave a message on 07870639770. We will then contact you to re-arrange a session. Missed appointments will be charged for, please notify us at least a day in advance of non attendance.

£40.00 per hour session. Cash/Cheque or Bank transfer.

Supervision £40.00 per hour with a reduced rate for counsellors in training.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy/Learning. For a price list detailing equine therapies and group and individual requirements please get in touch.    

Fee's are reviewed annually.

Your enquiry is important. If I am unable to initially take your call, please leave us a confidential voice message, stating your name and the return telephone or mobile number that you would like us to return your call on. Please indicate in your message, if you would like us to return your call at a preferred time convenient to you.


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Further information

I have full Professional Liability Insurance. Documentation disclosure available on request.

Up to date CRB certificates and Child Protection documentation.

I am a member of the BACP and adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I am a certified Eagala practitioner and adhere to the EAGALA code of ethics.(Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Approach).

Continual professional development, is on-going and a necessary part of providing the best service and care for all my customers.

Parkside Weston
Nr Shrewsbury

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.


Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Hi my name is Michelle and I have been working as a counsellor/psychotherapist since 2011.

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Michelle Welch Supervisor/Counsellor BACP(accred).Equine Therapy

Michelle Welch Supervisor/Counsellor BACP(accred).Equine Therapy